Definition of comforting in English:



  • 1Serving to alleviate a person's feelings of grief or distress.

    ‘we would like to thank our family and friends for their support and their comforting words’
    • ‘"At least it's comforting that we're together, and we can give each other support if we need it," he said.’
    • ‘There was something comforting about being an intern, to feel that there was always someone above you to call, even at 3am.’
    • ‘After seeking help from counselors and advice from friends, Betsy and Jack tried to establish as many comforting routines as possible.’
    • ‘It is comforting to think that his was a death with dignity and solitude.’
    • ‘She was grateful for his comforting words and reassuring gestures.’
    • ‘Ryan reached over and put a comforting hand on Marilee's shoulder.’
    • ‘The ideal best friend would have found something incredibly nice or comforting to say.’
    • ‘Usually the noise of my best friend's family is comforting, but today it was overwhelming.’
    • ‘It's comforting to know the business is in good hands.’
    • ‘It's comforting to know that there are some things in life that are constant.’
    • ‘They both share the same psychiatrist and are completely dependent upon him as a comforting father figure.’
    • ‘Talking to friends and family, even your minister, can be comforting.’
    • ‘Just knowing that I do not have to go through this alone is more than comforting.’
    • ‘The concept of a tragic flaw, after all, is strangely comforting, even absolving.’
    • ‘It is always more comforting to know that someone else feels the same way you do.’
    console, solace, bring comfort to, give solace to, condole with, give condolences to, commiserate with, give sympathy to, sympathize with
    help, support, succour, ease
    reassure, soothe, assuage, calm, relieve, cheer, hearten, gladden, uplift, give a lift to, encourage
    buck up
    consoling, consolatory, condoling, commiserative, sympathetic, understanding, compassionate, solicitous, gentle, tender, warm, protective, caring, loving
    helpful, supportive, easing
    reassuring, soothing, assuaging, calming, relieving, cheering, heartening, uplifting, encouraging
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    1. 1.1Serving to improve a person's mood or restore a sense of physical well-being.
      ‘a comforting bowl of soup’
      • ‘Mr. Nelson was just deciding that a cup of tea beside a comforting fire was not an entirely unpleasant notion.’
      • ‘I have plenty of nourishing and comforting food to eat and never go hungry.’
      • ‘There truly aren't many better, more comforting smells in the world than baking bread.’
      • ‘This is a really comforting soup and it's all in one pot so it would be nice and easy.’
      • ‘Cooking time can, of course, be longer, but what could be better than the comforting smell of home-cooked food wafting through the house?’
      • ‘I need silence, and I've forgotten just how relaxing and comforting it can be.’
      • ‘My house is warm, cosy and comforting.’
      • ‘Riz au Lait is the epitome of the French grandmotherly dessert: simple, homely, comforting, sweet and creamy.’
      • ‘Describing his cooking as a homely and comforting blend of English and European, Mark is passionate about his trade and prides himself as someone who does not compromise on quality.’
      • ‘The warm comforting smell of coffee drifts closer carrying with it the protecting arms of home.’
      • ‘I can smell the comforting aroma of butter and black-peppered fluffy baked potato.’
      • ‘There's nothing quite like a big pot of comforting soup bubbling away on the stove.’
      • ‘When the weather is cold and stormy, we tend to eat more - not just for the cozy feeling of snacking, but because we crave the comforting heat of casseroles, stews and roasts warming us from the inside out.’